Divisional Round Full-Slate DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS Lineup advice for playoff GPP tournaments

There are eight teams left in the second round of the NFL playoffs, and with nothing but high-quality teams and players in action, it’s getting harder and harder to put together rosters for full DraftKings tournaments. The good news is that there’s no shortage of potential stars and value sleepers, even with a limited roster, but you’re going to have to make some tough decisions one way or another. Our strategy is to fade the offensive stars in the Bills-Chiefs matchup and stack the Packers players, but you could go a variety of paths with your daily fantasy picks from the divisional round.

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Complete Divisional Round DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS Lineup Tips for the Second Round of the Playoffs

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There are no easy answers when you get to the second round of the playoffs, as every team is above average in most phases of the game. However, there are several pass-fighting defenses still alive (Titans, Bucs, Chiefs), but we chose to fade their opposing QBs and go with the guy expected to win his second straight MVP. We know Rodgers can score points against anyone, and with the 49ers defense banged up, Rodgers may face less pressure and softer coverage. Even if Nick Bosa (concussion) and Fred Warner (ankle) play, Rodgers can easily do what Matthew Stafford did against the 49ers in a near-playoff game in Week 18 (238 yards, three TDs).

Jones has been giving up more carries to AJ Dillon lately, and he’s dealing with a knee injury. We are not worried about the latter, but the former is a concern. However, we think he’ll offset the potentially lackluster carrying total with more catches, so he’ll work even better in a stack with Rodgers. Jones has caught 10 passes on 12 targets in his last two games, converting those opportunities for 51 yards. In the previous two games, he had two receiving touchdowns on five receptions. San Francisco allowed 5.2 RB receptions per game this season, so Jones has a chance to do damage on the ground and in the air.

The likely return of Derrick Henry likely won’t change much for Hilliard, who still appears to be Tennessee’s top receiver. D’Onta Foreman might get more plays in that role, but to win a four-game DFS tournament, you have to take some risks. Since we’re spending more at WR, we’re forced to spend less elsewhere, and we’re betting Hilliard will still get 25-plus snaps and see some carries and several passes thrown his way. For this pick to really pay off, we’ll probably need more than five catches, with at least one jumping for more than 30 yards, but we’ll take a chance on the speedy Hilliard. Again, he’s a risk, but if he gets the plays, at least we have Cincinnati’s poor RB pass defense working for us. The Bengals allowed 6.4 RB receptions per game this year, tied for fourth.

Kupp is ultra-chalky given the favorable matchup, but he’s one of those guys you’ll have to have if he leaves (which he probably will). Kupp was “limited” to a 5-61-1 line last week, and when that’s apparently a player’s floor, you know you want him in your lineup. The Bucs’ secondary isn’t as bad as it was earlier in the year when Kupp torched it for 96 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s a great bet to rack up eight-plus receptions and hit the 100-yard bonus.

Adams is like Rodgers: matchup-proof. The 49ers have had a lot of trouble covering wide receivers this year, and it’s easy to imagine Adams leading all receivers in receptions and maybe even yards this weekend. He’ll be chalky, but we’ll gladly pay to match him up with our quarterback.

Maybe we’re trying too hard to make our Rodgers pick and subsequent Packers stack worthwhile, but Lazard is the kind of boom-or-bust player who can get you over the cash line if he plays well (as if had the last five weeks). We originally had Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) here, but since he’s unlikely to play, we’re banking on Lazard keeping Randall Cobb (core) for the WR2 role and paying with a bunch of catches or a big play. TD.

This is a TD or bust play that hopefully offers our lineup a bit of differentiation. Brate scored in Weeks 16 and 17, so he’s always a candidate for a target when the Bucs enter the red zone. He has a bit more of an edge than the average TD or bust TE, having seen at least three goals in each of the last six games. Ultimately though, we’re going to need a touchdown from Brate. If he wanted to try another cheap TE in a much better matchup, he could take one of the Titans against Cincinnati.

Boyd has scored in four games in a row, but honestly, we see it as a negative. What are the odds that he will score in five games in a row? Probably low, but we still want a piece of the Bengals’ passing game against Tennessee’s burnable secondary. Boyd has only 62 receiving yards in his last two games, so perhaps a bigger game awaits him in that regard. If he continues to see more than five goals, which he has in each of his last six games, Boyd should do enough to pay his price.

We’re definitely taking a risk by fading offensive players in this game, but we’re hoping for differentiation by not only doing that but also taking the Chiefs D/ST. Kansas City has slowed down in the aces department the past three games, but in Weeks 9-16, he had at least two aces in each game and averaged 12.3 offensive points allowed per game. Buffalo absolutely destroyed the Chiefs earlier this year (32 offensive points, no sacks or steals allowed), so we’re definitely a risk, but every D/ST is a risk this week.